Jack Cusumano


Best Show DVD Arrives!

Remember months and months ago when I mentioned working on a “secret project”? Well I can finally talk about it, because the Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling DVDs have finally shipped and are showing up on doorsteps worldwide!

I was lucky enough to contribute After Effects animation to a music video for a song by the band Fucked Up (whose amazing new album, David Comes to Life, just came out). The song, “Ballad of Hammerhead” is steeped in Best Show mythology. It’s actually about a character from the show named Hammerhead who goes to hardcore shows to regulate and make sure there are “no weak pits.” The video treatment was written by none other than Matt Fraction, and the illustrations were done by Chip Zdarsky. Additional animation and compositing were provided by John Dretzka and Adam Shumaker.

So psyched that people can finally see our hard work! If you’re not already a super-fan of The Best Show on WFMU, check out the iTunes podcasts to get yourself up to speed. The “Best Show Gems” podcast contains hand-picked hilarious calls between host Tom Scharpling and the many characters of his comedy partner Jon Wurster (who also happens to drum for Superchunk and Mountain Goats). The main podcast contains the whole show (minus the music segment), including calls from real listeners, who are sometimes as bizarre and hilarious as Jon’s characters, and there are always plenty of special guests, including but not limited to: Paul F Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, Jon Hodgman, Aziz Ansari, Julie Klausner, Paul Scheer, Ted Leo…

Thinking of giving it a shot? Don’t think about it – DO IT!

-Jack

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